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Windows 7: Sharing files between Windows 7 and Windows 8 in a homegroup

06 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 RTM x86
Sharing files between Windows 7 and Windows 8 in a homegroup


I'm quite frustrated after trying to share files between my Windows 8 PC and Windows 7 Laptop. Sharing files between Windows 7 PC and laptop was flawless.

I tried creating a homegroup in Windows 7, joined it from Windows 8, when I tried to open shared files, it gave permission error. I've disabled password protection on both PC. Tried adding HomeGroupUsers$ in Advanced persmissions of folder sharing, still the same.

Tried other way round too i.e created a homegroup in Windows 8 and joined it from Windows 7. Still the same issue of permission.

Any help is appreciated.

Thank you

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06 Oct 2012   #2



Did you try to check the ip address of both the computer and are they able to ping each other ping the IP address of both the computers ( fox ex. Ping the IP address of win 7 and win 8).

Also have you tried giving full permission on both the computer?
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07 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 RTM x86

Yes tried giving full permission.

I can see the folders of PC so there are able to connect.
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07 Oct 2012   #4


Are the folders given full access?

What I mean by this is right click on the folder from where you want the doc. or pictures to be shared -> click properties-> sharing tab-> edit advance sharing-> if box is not checked for share the folder check the box-> click ok ->click security tab-> click edit -> then enter the name as everyone-> click ok -> then check the box for full permission-> click apply and then ok.

Restart both the computer and then check if you are able to see the files.
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07 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 RTM x86

Yes, I've tried that too, still I get that permission error.
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07 Oct 2012   #6

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Be sure to check the time/date settings on both machines. Homegroups works fine between Windows 8 and Windows 7 for me. You might want to check the Homegroup trouble shooter in the link below.

When in doubt, leave the Homegroup from all machine then create a new Homegroup and rejoin from all machines.
Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues
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07 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 7 RTM x86

Time is same on both machines, I don't use any ID pass to login. I tried creating homegroup several times, all in vain

Now, I've copied the files to PUBLIC folder (Thats the only folder which is accessible )
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07 Oct 2012   #8


If it is asking for a password then use the computer's username and password (username and password would be for the data which needs to be shared from one computer) and check if it works.
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08 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 RTM x86

No, its not asking for any ID pass.

Btw I haven't setup any ID pass inorder to login in both PC's
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